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20 years of documentary photography by Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography - Mile 2 Prison, Yahya Jammeh, portraits of victims of Jammeh, mages © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Instagram – a montage of images © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

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The Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography – all rights reserved. Spanning over twenty years of documentary photography and multimedia, in the small West African country. For image licensing, please contact here. All images, from assignments around the globe, floriophoto.com.

Exclusive images from inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, the Gambia

‘My 5-Star hotel’ as the prison was called by the defeated former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, whose autocratic rule lasted for 22 years.

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio documentary photography

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa Images ©Jason Florio

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

 

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’

#Portraits4PositiveChange

Yusupha Mbye - student shot during peaceful protest - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange Portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – Portraits4PositiveChange ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

Currently working on a long-term portrait series ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘, with Helen Jones-Florio.

#Portraits4PositiveChange

Jason Florio – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio with Yusupha Mbye – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio.

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

#GambiaHasDecided

President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia poses for a portrait at Kairaba Hotel, Senegambia ©Jason Florio

President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia, Jan 2017 ©Jason Florio.

Masses celebrate the inauguration of , President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio, Gambia

Masses celebrate the inauguration of President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio.

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, 2014, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio/Getty Images.

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‘We never Gave up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’

River Gambia Expedition

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

‘Makasutu’

'Abdou with Rescued Crocodile' fine art prints © Jason Florio

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ fine art photography prints © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’

‘River Gambia’

Humanitarian/NGO Photography – West Africa

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Header Montage:

Row #1 – 21/01/2017 supporters of the defeated President, Yahya Jammeh, at Banjul International Airport, congregate to watch the departure of Jammeh for exile in Equatorial Guinea, after 22- years of autocratic rule.

Row #2 – 03/2017 Inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia

Row #3 – 2016-ongoing – portraits of the victims and resisters of the Jammeh regime

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Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival, 2019, LA

We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival – We are honoured to have ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia‘, made for Amnesty International, chosen to be shown in its entirety at the 27th PAFF, Los Angeles, CA, February 7-18, 2019 (screening times to be confirmed)

We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. PAFF.

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival - Still from 'We Never Gave Up' Imam Baba Leigh, The Gambia - portrait ©Jason Florio

Still from ‘We Never Gave Up’ Imam Baba Leigh who was arrested, disappeared, and tortured, for 5 months, The Gambia – portrait ©Jason Florio.

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Once the screening has taken place, we will post a link to view the full documentary. In the meantime, the trailer can be seen here.

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Jason Florio is currently working on ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘ making portraits and filming testimonies.

#Portraits4PositiveChange

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

This is a work in progress in collaboration with the GCHRV.

Gambia documentary screening at Pan African Film & Arts Festival - image: Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover - images ©Jason Florio 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’

 

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Portraits of Victims and Resisters, The Gambia © Jason Florio

 

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia – Dodou Sanyang in the room of his recently deceased mother. She was one of over a thousand elderly people abducted on the order of the former president, Yahya Jammeh in 2009. Groups of Jammeh’s paramilitary troops along with his youth brigade, The Green Boys and ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches.

The alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. Some were also severely beaten and robbed by their captors. Some died at the detention sites, and others like Sanyang’s mother suffered years of illness before dying. Many in Sanyang’s village believe the elderly there were not targeted for witchcraft, but because the village had been an opposition stronghold –  Essau, Northbank Division, The Gambia.

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – #Portraits4PositiveChange ©Helen Jones-Florio, the Gambia

Along with making the portraits, we have been filming testimonies with each of the victims, and resisters. Here we are with our Gambian fixer and translator, in Essau, Madi. Here’s how you can help make a change.

#Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

“I will rule for a billion years if Allah wills it” Yahya Jammeh

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

Yusupha Mbye - student shot during peaceful protest - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange Portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – Portraits4PositiveChange – Yusupha Mbye was shot by security forces whilst attending a student peaceful protest in 2000 when he was 18 years old. He was left paralyzed ©Jason Florio

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

 in Equatorial Guinea Deposed President Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years ©Jason Florio, January 2017

Deposed President Yahya Jammeh waves goodbye to followers who came to see him off from Banjul International Airport as he leaves for exile in Equatorial Guinea, January 2017 © Jason Florio 

Gambia Has Decided
Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio

Then President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival, 2014 © Jason Florio / Getty Images.

#Portraits4PositiveChange Gambia

To view more of the portraits and read the testimonies – florio@floriophoto.com

More updates, from the Gambia, coming soon

Jason Florio

 

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‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’ – Portraits by Jason Florio

 

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Gambia Victims and Resisters – Joy Conker Sonko was targeted by a Yahya Jammeh supporting policewoman when she was 14 years old because her family was supporters of the government opposition UDP party. She was dragged from her family home, beaten, and her head smashed against a car and then detained in a cell, without arrest, for 4 days… see more of this work-in-progress at floriophoto.com.

#Portraits4PositiveChange

From 1994 -2017 President Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia, West Africa, as his own personal fiefdom, crushing dissent, and opposition, with brutality.

His personal hit squad and intelligence agency carried out tortures, and assassinations with impunity – journalists were gunned down and disappeared, ministers were jailed, students shot in cold blood, and even his own brother and sister were murdered on his orders.

With Jammeh’s 2016 election defeat, he went into exile after a standoff with regional forces, and the victims of his regime started to come forward.

GambiaHasDecided

So far, over 1000 victims and their families have registered with the Gambia Centre for Human Rights Violations to share their stories and help build international support to bring Jammeh to justice

This is a work in progress in collaboration with the GCHRV.

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Gambia Victims and Resisters – Sankung Bilajo was one of over a thousand elders abducted on the orders of the former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh in 2009. Groups of Jammeh’s paramilitary troops along with his youth brigade, The Green Boys and ‘magicians’ from Guinea went from village to village as part of a nationwide hunt for witches. The alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft. Some were also severely beaten and robbed by their captors… see more at:

Portraits Gambia Victims Jason Florio

 

Please check out my GoFundMe page to see more about this series and how you can help to be part of #Portraits4PositiveChange. 

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2019

Jason Florio

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